Thursday, 23 October 2014

Diwali greetings

A day late but nevertheless...

A very Happy Diwali to all who are celebrating this auspicious festival of light!!!

Had a fun time at Adrianne & Sugen's open house with Joyce... nice and airy condo... with lovely home-cooked dishes by Sugen's grandma! All from scratch! Such a talented lady who can also crochet and cross-stitch!!!
Yummy sweet savoury and murukku!!!
Yummy home-cooked dishes!!!
Joyce trying out Adrianne's shawl... crochet by Sugen's grandma... so talented right?!!!
All good things just had to end early... well, we can't stay the whole day and 'chi chan' right?!!! LOL!!!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Sue & Adrianne's birthday party

It's been a while since I last saw Sue and Adrianne. So when Joyce mentioned of hosting a simple birthday party for them, I was astounded! It's pot luck so all the food we had were homemade except for my fruit punch which were canned fruits :-p The best part, all was coincidentally western! Amran brought spaghetti and fruit jelly, Steven made garlic bread, egg sandwiches and mushroom soup and Sue brought chicken pie! All so yummylicious and fresh!
Some of the homemade food from Amran and Steven
The laughing gang!!!
Betty Boo!!!
The birthday girls!
Totally fun, frivolous and filled with laughter!!! We laughed from day to night!!! All those energy! All those laughing exercise! When I reached home, I actually felt totally beat and headed to bed ASAP! Even hubs was surprised as I would usually troll around before going to bed LOL!

Really had a wonderful, memorable Saturday! Hoped to meet them more often, trust me, they will laugh all the stress away ^.^

Friday, 17 October 2014

Adoption drive this weekend

18th October 2014 (Saturday):
Time: 9:00AM - 12noon 
Venue: One Utama Central Park 

We've got lots of exciting stuff lined up! 
1. Adoption Drive - most or all our dogs will be there! 
2. Rent for Hope 
3. SPCA Merchandise for sale 
4. Treasure Hunt 
5. Q & A with staff 
6. Chill out with all our 4 legged furkids 
7. Yes, pets are allowed, it's a dog-friendly park! 

See you guys there!

The above taken from SPCA Facebook page.

19th October 2014 (Sunday):
We have many young dogs attending this adoption drive, all below 2 years old, please give them a chance and they will shower you with everlasting love.

Those wanting to donate funds or in form of supplies, you may do so at the drive. We are running low on dog food & old newspaper. In advance, thank you for your support.

(those wanting to drop off stuff, best to enter basement car park - entrance to car park is just before cold storage. you will enter at level B2, drive up to B1, you can see us from there and unload)

ADOPTION DRIVE:
SUNDAY 19/10/14
11am ~ 6pm
JAYA ONE, PJ (off jln universiti) - behind oldtown white coffee and cosway.


Your contributions are much appreciated.

The above taken from Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better Facebook page.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

MPOV: Edge of Tomorrow

A race of aliens called Mimics has taken over continental Europe. General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), head of humanity's United Defense Force, orders Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), a public affairs officer and former advertising executive, to cover combat on the beaches of France during the next day's assault on the Mimics. Cage objects to the dangerous assignment and threatens to use his public relations skills to turn the public against Brigham when the casualties start increasing from the invasion. But General Brigham doesn't take kindly to this blatant attempt at blackmail and has the impertinent Major arrested. Cage is knocked out during an ensuing escape attempt. He wakes in handcuffs at a forward operating base at Heathrow Airport and discovers he has been labeled a deserter and put on combat duty for the invasion under the command of Master Sergeant Farell (Bill Paxton).
The invasion is a disaster for the humans. Cage manages to kill a large Mimic but dies as he is sprayed with its acid-like blood. He then wakes up at Heathrow the previous morning. No one believes his story that he knows the invasion will fail. He repeats the loop of dying on the beach and waking at Heathrow until he encounters Sergeant Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). She recognizes his ability to anticipate events and tells him to locate her the next time he "wakes up".
Cage finds Vrataski at Heathrow. Together they meet up with Dr. Carter (Noah Taylor), a former government scientist and expert in Mimic biology. Cage learns that the kind of Mimic he killed in his first loop, an "Alpha", resets time when it is killed to give the Mimics an advantage in battle. Cage inherited this ability when he was doused in the Alpha's blood as they both died. Vrataski had this ability in a previous battle but lost it after receiving a blood transfusion. She tells Cage that they must hunt the Mimics' hive mind, the Omega.
The above taken from Wikipedia.
This movie did not attracted me hence the much delayed watching LOL! Well, ok lah, action packed, interesting storyline which was quite different but aliens again. Luckily, this time alien is not the main attraction, man is. A good movie to watch... I liked the way time keeps looping each time Cage dies and re-experiment the future.
Rating: 3/5
Directed by Doug Liman
Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson
Genre: 2014 American science fiction film based on a screenplay adapted from the Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill byHiroshi Sakurazaka

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

A glass of wine a day

I love wine! I may not know the differences but I do know how to enjoy it ^.^ Anyway here are some healthy facts:
Taken from Wine Talk Malaysia's Facebook page.

Monday, 13 October 2014

MPOV: Divergent

In a futuristic dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). Members join a faction based on their preference but are initially given a suggestion by an aptitude test. Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) has grown up in Abnegation, the faction that runs the government, yet has always been fascinated by Dauntless. Her father, Andrew (Tony Goldwyn), serves on the ruling council along with the head of Abnegation, Marcus Eaton (Ray Stevenson).

Every year, 16-year-olds undergo a serum-based aptitude test that indicates the faction into which they would best fit, and informs their choice at the Choosing Ceremony. Beatrice takes the test with a Dauntless woman named Tori (Maggie Q) as her proctor. Her test shows attributes of three factions (Abnegation, Erudite and Dauntless), meaning she is Divergent. Tori records her result as Abnegation and warns her to keep the true result a secret, telling her that since Divergents can think independently and the government therefore cannot control them, they are considered threats to the existing social order.

The next day at the Choosing Ceremony, Beatrice's brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) chooses Erudite, while with hesitation, Beatrice chooses Dauntless. After the ceremony, Beatrice meets Christina (Zoƫ Kravitz) and Al (Christian Madsen), two Candors who chose Dauntless, and Will (Ben Lloyd-Hughes), an Erudite who also chose Dauntless. The Dauntless initiates are given tests such as jumping from a moving train and taking a leap of faith from a tall building into a large dark hole. During these tests, the initiates meet Eric (Jai Courtney), a brutal leader of Dauntless, and Four (Theo James), the transfer initiates' instructor. Beatrice volunteers first to jump off the building and leap into the hole, which has her branded as First Jumper. After the jump, when Four asks her name, Beatrice decides to shorten it to "Tris."

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Finally watched this movie! Honestly can't wait for Insurgent now ^.^ opening March next year. Exciting storyline, kept me on my seat and eyes glued to the tube! It's similar to the Mortal Instruments and Hunger Games but with different storyline and action strategy. Worth following up with the sequel... pondering if I should read the books first...

Rating: 3/5
Directed by Neil Burger
Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet
Genre: 2014 American science fiction action film

Saturday, 11 October 2014

MPOV: Lucy

Lucy is a 25-year-old American woman living and studying in Taipei, Taiwan. She is tricked into working as a drug mule by her new boyfriend, whose employer, Mr. Jang, is a Korean mob boss and drug lord. Lucy delivers a briefcase to Mr. Jang containing a highly valuable synthetic drug called CPH4. After seeing her boyfriend shot and killed, she is captured and a bag of the drug is forcibly sewn into her abdomen and that of three other drug mules who will also transport the drug for sales in Europe. While Lucy is in captivity, one of her captors kicks her in the stomach, breaking the bag, releasing a large quantity of the drug into her system. As a result, she begins acquiring increasingly enhanced physical and mental capabilities, such as telepathy, telekinesis, mental time travel, and can choose not to feel pain or other discomforts, in addition to other abilities. She kills off her captors and escapes.
Lucy travels to the nearby Tri-Service General Hospital to get the bag of drugs removed from her abdomen. The bag is successfully removed, and Lucy is told by the operating doctor of the volatile nature of the drug, based on a substance given to fetuses during prenatal development, and its destructive side-effects. Sensing her growing physical and mental abilities, Lucy returns to Mr. Jang's hotel, kills his bodyguards, assaults Mr. Jang, and telepathically extracts the locations of all three drug mules from his brain.

At her shared apartment, Lucy begins researching her condition and contacts a well-known scientist and doctor, Professor Samuel Norman, whose research may be the key to saving her. After Lucy speaks with the professor and provides proof of her developed abilities, she flies to Paris and contacts a local police captain, Pierre Del Rio, to help her find the remaining three packets of the drug. During the plane ride she starts to disintegrate as her cells destabilize from consuming a sip of champagne, which made her body inhospitable for cellular reproduction. Only by consuming more CPH4 is she able to prevent her total disintegration. Her powers continue to grow, leaving her able to telepathically incapacitate armed police and members from the Korean drug gang. With the help of Del Rio, Lucy recovers the drug and hurries to meet Professor Norman, with whom she agrees to share everything she now knows, after he points out that the main point of life is to pass on knowledge. Jang and the mob also want the drug and a gunfight ensues with the French police.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

The trailer was good so it got us wanting to watch the movie. After watching it, we were thankful we didn't watch it in the cinema. The serious storyline, intriguing at first but slowly becomes illogical. I really don't get the ending, left me clueless... Lucy is everywhere? A pendrive? Definitely 1 of those movies where we just enjoyed the acting and scenery, nothing else.

Rating: 2/5
Directed by Luc Besson
Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked
Genre: 2014 French science fiction action film

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